Johannesburg, October 19 – The third year of the biggest school sport initiative in South Africa, The Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, reaches its peak on Friday, October 27.
The Challenge is a nation-wide event targeted at Grade 4’s and 6’s from among South Africa’s 18 000 primary schools.
The fittest primary school per province, listed below, will compete for the title with the grand prize a R1,3-million all-purpose, all-weather multi-use sport court, sponsored by The Sports Trust, which will be built at the winning school.
The Physical Education Challenge, designed around a physical education lesson, aims to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle in all primary schools in South Africa.
This year’s Challenge saw 435 Primary schools competing and 379 380 learners involved in physed.
“This is a meaningful way to get schools involved in physical activity, particularly as government has highlighted the need for children to become more active,” said Vaughn Bishop, head of Let’s Play. “Kids needn’t be superstars; the challenge is designed to accommodate everyone at primary school level.”
The principal of Rosendal Intermediate, the 2016 Champions, reflects on their inspiration to compete in the Challenge: “We’re very serious about sport because we believe that a child in sport is a child out of court. Being physically active helps our children academically; they think better in the classroom.
“When we heard about the challenge, we knew that we wanted to take part. We were third overall in the 2015 Challenge and last year we did it! I’m so proud of my boys and girls who took part, it’s a very big achievement for us,” said Ms Ellen Allies.
“It is an honour to be involved with such an initiative that seeks to grow and build our country through educating children about the importance of being active and healthy. At Steers we recognise that this is an incredible opportunity to give children the necessary tools to play and exercise. After all, a healthy body builds a health mind,” said Adolf Fourie, Marketing Executive for Steers.
Meanwhile, Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust, said: “Together with the Foschini Group, the Sports Trust is proud to support this programme that has touched the lives of so many children, both abled and disabled. This competition ensures that together we are able to nurture, develop and transform our future sporting talent. The state-of-the-art multi-purpose sport court facility being awarded as the prize to the overall winning school will ensure that we can continue to enhance our children’s education through sport.”
The Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Nedbank Sports Trust, Active Education and Unicef.
Sponsors include Steers, FutureLife and Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa.
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Contact Person: Mr Philip Meyer
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Lephalale Primary School
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Contact Person: Mr Maboga
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Forest Hill Primary School
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Contact Person: Mr Madlala
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Queens College Boys Primary School
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Lethabong Primary School
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Laerskool Jan Van Riebeek
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Herlear Primary School
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Contact Person: Mr. Isaacs
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Contact Number: 082 596 2411
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